‘For your freedom and ours’, 307 Squadron Day draws crowds to Guildhall

Lord Mayor of Exeter, Lesley Robson and Polish Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki

Posted on: 15 November 2017

A flag-raising ceremony was held outside Exeter Guildhall today in commemoration of the RAF 307 Squadron. 2017 marks 75 years since the 307 Squadron presented the City of Exeter with a Polish flag as a symbol of friendship and co-operation.

The 307 Squadron were an RAF unit composed of Polish airmen who had escaped their country after the Nazi occupation. The Squadron was stationed in Exeter, and played a vital role in protecting the city.

In one particular battle, four 307 Squadron planes faced off against 75 Luftwaffe bombers. The pilots managed to down four bombers, saving Exeter from more destruction as well as countless lives.

The ceremony was well-attended by local residents, and a number of people came across from Poland to pay their respects. The crowd heard speeches from the Lord Mayor of Exeter and the Polish Ambassador, who repeated the Polish motto ‘for your freedom and ours’. This was followed by a parade from RAF Brize Norton.

Devon County Council was represented by its Chairman, Councillor Ray Radford.

There is a free exhibition open from 10am-4pm in the Exeter Guildhall on Thursday 16 November showcasing the history and memorabilia of the 307 ‘Eagle Owls’ squadron and how they are part of Exeter’s story.

Cllr Ray Radford

Chairman of Devon County Council, Councillor Ray Radford said:

“The 307 Squadron played a key part in defending Exeter during the Second World War, and it is important we always remember their role. It was great to see so many turn out to pay their respects and learn more about the history of our county town.”

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